Commcenter Wants to Use the Login Keychain – Best Fixes

By John Adebimitan

Seeing a weird notification pop up on your device is scary, especially when you don’t know what it means. You start to wonder if this could be the beginning of the end. The request – commcenter wants to use the login keychain – is confusing and just as scary for many people because they are unfamiliar with it.

To stop the rollercoaster of emotions caused by this issue, this article will be providing answers to questions like; what is commcenter? How does it work? How do you get rid of the ‘commcenter wants to use the login keychain’ issue?

We will also discuss how to stop it from popping up again and how chrome and safari can use the login keychain.

Commcenter Wants to Use the Login Keychain – What It Means

The ‘commcenter wants to use the login keychain’ issue happens when something in the messages app needs authentication from your keychain, but there is an issue with the keychain, or you have recently changed the login password but didn’t update the keychain password.

The commcenter is an essential framework for Apple devices that is a part of the messages app and is responsible for cellular-related services. Without the commcenter, one would face several network issues, so it is not advisable to disable it. Furthermore, keychain access is what stores all usernames, passwords, login information, and other sensitive data, and as such, it is password protected.

Note that the keychain password is usually your login or Mac account password.

Commcenter Wants to Use the Login Keychain – Best Fixes

Commcenter Wants to Use the Login Keychain – Best Fixes

To fix the commcenter wants to use the login keychain issue, you can try changing or updating your keychain password on your Mac. The keychain password is the same as your login password. If the password has been changed, you would need to update it. To do this:

  1. On your Mac, go to Applications >> Utilities
  2. Launch the Keychain Access app
  3. Click on Edit >> Change password from keychain login
  4. Type in your current password and then the new one and click OK
  5. You can also make the keychain password the same as your login password

Fix 1: Repair the Keychain

If there is a keychain corruption, repairing the keychain access could solve the problem. To repair the keychain access:

  1. On your Mac, go to Applications >> Utilities >> Keychain Access >> Keychain First Aid
  2. Enter your username and password
  3. Tap Repair and then Start to begin the repair

Fix 2: Check the Messages App

Since the ‘commcenter wants to use the login keychain’ issue is coming from a part of the messages app, it is worth trying the old ‘OFF and ON’ fix. You can turn OFF the messages app on your Mac and turn it back ON. To do this:

  1. Launch the Messages app
  2. Click on Preferences >> Accounts
  3. Then, tap on your account and uncheck Enable This Account
  4. Once disabled, close the app, wait a few seconds, relaunch it and follow steps 1 and 2 again
  5. Check Enable This Account to turn the app on again

Fix 3: Set A Time Limit

When your Mac has been inactive for a while, your keychain automatically locks. This could be the reason for the ‘commcenter wants to use the login keychain’ issue. To fix this, you can follow the steps below to set a period of inactivity that the keychain access has to wait for until it requests the password again.

  1. On your Mac, go to Applications >> Utilities
  2. Launch the Keychain Access app and select Login
  3. Click on Edit >> Change Settings for keychain ‘login’
  4. Click the Lock after checkbox
  5. Enter any number of minutes to set the time limit
  6. You can also click the Lock when sleeping checkbox to allow the keychain access request the password when the laptop sleeps
  7. Tap Save to apply your changes

Fix 4: Reset Keychain

If none of the fixes above work, the problem could be from the keychain itself. Resetting it would rename your current keychain (login keychain) and create a new keychain for you, fixing the issue. It is important to note that resetting the keychain would erase all saved passwords and login information, so it would be good to note them down before trying this fix. To reset:

  1. On your Mac, go to Applications >> Utilities >> Keychain Access
  2. Select Preferences from the menu and Reset My Default Keychain Button from the General tab
  3. Enter your administrator’s password when prompted

If you could not note down your passwords and login information before resetting the keychain, you can try the steps below to copy information from the old keychain to the new one.

  1. Go to your user folder >> Library >> Keychains
  2. Find and double-click the ‘login_renamed_1.keychain’ file
  3. You will now see items from the file open in the keychain list
  4. Select and copy items from this keychain and copy them into the new one

How Do I Get Mac to Stop Asking for Keychain Password?

To get your Mac to stop asking for keychain password, you can set a period of inactivity that the keychain access has to wait for until it requests the password again. Do this with the following steps:

  1. On your Mac, go to Applications >> Utilities
  2. Launch the Keychain Access app and select Login
  3. Click on Edit >> Change Settings for keychain ‘login’
  4. Click the Lock after checkbox
  5. Enter any number of minutes to set the time limit
  6. You can also click the Lock when sleeping checkbox to allow the keychain access request the password when the laptop sleeps
  7. Tap Save to apply your changes

Repair Keychain

If there is a keychain corruption, repairing the keychain access could solve the problem. To repair the keychain access:

  1. On your Mac, go to Applications >> Utilities >> Keychain Access >> Keychain First Aid
  2. Enter your username and password
  3. Tap Repair and then Start to begin the repair

Update Password

You can try changing or updating your keychain password on your Mac. The keychain password is the same as your login password. If the password has been changed, you would need to update it. To do this:

  1. On your Mac, go to Applications >> Utilities
  2. Launch the Keychain Access app
  3. Click on Edit >> Change password from keychain login
  4. Type in your current password and then the new one and click OK
  5. You can also make the keychain password the same as your login password

How Do I Remove Commcenter From My Mac?

You can remove commcenter from your mac with LaunchDaemons / System / Library / Launch.conf or by launching launchctl unload –w/System/libry/LaunchDaemons apple. It is important to note that without the commcenter, one would face several network issues, so it is not advisable to disable it.

What Does It Mean When Safari Wants to Use the Login Keychain?

When safari wants to use the login keychain, it could mean an issue with the keychain, or the keychain password is not in sync with your login password. You can try any of the fixes mentioned earlier in this article to fix this issue.

Read also: Can I Delete .Dmg Files On Mac?

Can I Use Keychain with Chrome?

Yes, you can use keychain with Chrome. Your passwords and login information created on chrome will be saved to your iCloud keychain by the iCloud passwords extension. In addition, the iCloud keychain will make all the current and new information saved on it available on your Windows PC and your other Apple devices via your iCloud account.

To use the iCloud passwords extension:

  1. Download and install iCloud for Windows from the Microsoft Store on your Windows PC
  2. Once downloaded, launch the app and sign in with your Apple ID
  3. A code will be sent to your apple device (usually your phone) for confirmation, so be sure to have it next to you
  4. Next, click Approve next to Passwords and enter your password again
  5. Then, check Passwords and click Install Extension next to your preferred browser to download the iCloud passwords extension

Note that iCloud passwords on Chrome is only available on Windows.

Conclusion

The ‘commcenter wants to use the login keychain’ issue is one that has frustrated some mac users for quite some time – popping up every few minutes. This article can be the thing that saves you from continuous frustration. So why don’t you take a quick glance?

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